For starters I'm as old as dirt but, I still play both upright and el bass, pretty well, doing regular gigs. ... I remember back when I'd walk into stores, music or pawn-shop and be amazed by the quality in selection. But, now it's all crap or if it is good it's being dusted often because it's too $$. ... After near 40-years of accepting 'affordable' as acceptable has taken over musicians and the music in general. ... Now, I can accept this is my view, after living too long and remembering the past as being better but, to be honest, it was. (If you were there you'd know this if you weren't you missed it.)... I've been lucky to know the difference and purchase quality basses in my travels but, these days I'm saddened by the cheap quality offered to to-days young players or, for that fact, older players who pretend to not know the difference. ... Finding a quality instrument that speaks to you, not just at you, is a wonderful thing and a great way of taking you playing to another level. ... It's gotten down to China dropping junk at our door and America said, "Hey, this is pretty good junk." ... This may be interesting or just me ranting but, I'm curious.